Family Begs for Abducted 4-Year-Old’s Return as Police Hunt Widens: ‘Let Her Come Home’
The search for 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis has spread to five states after she went missing from her Lakeland, Fla. home on Saturday morning, as police hunt for the family friend they say abducted her.
Authorities have issued an Amber Alert across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Detectives believe 31-year-old family friend West Wild Hogs, who previously changed his name fromMatthew Clark Pybus, took Rebecca and initially drove her to Georgia, according to a by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say the pair was possibly sighted in Campbell County, Tenn. on Sunday evening.
In a press conference on Sunday night, Rebecca’s parents, Luther Lewis and Melissa Schell, addressed Hogs directly. “Matt, we’re not mad at you,” Lewis said. “Let her come home. She’s my baby and I’m worried sick about her, please, I’m begging.” As reported by FOX13, Lewis and Hogs grew up together, but Lewis said brain surgery several years ago had affected Hogs’s temperament. “He’d do crazy things. He would say obnoxious things. He just wasn’t himself after the surgery,” Lewis said.
Heartland Crime Stoppers are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to Rebecca’s recovery.